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Female Gaetz staffers defend congressman amid allegations, say 'no hint of impropriety'

"At no time has any one of us experienced or witnessed anything less than the utmost professionalism and respect," staffers said.

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Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz on Capitol Hill. Undated.
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Updated: April 8, 2021 - 4:10pm

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Female staffers from GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz on Thursday rallied behind the Florida congressmen amid a federal investigation about him allegedly begin involved in sex trafficking and having dating a 17-year-old girl.

"After the shocking allegations last week in the press, we, the women of Congressman Matt Gaetz’s office, feel morally obligated to speak out," the staffers said in statement. "At no time has any one of us experienced or witnessed anything less than the utmost professionalism and respect. No hint of impropriety. No ounce of untruthfulness."

The women said they have spent time with Gaetz in and out of meetings, behind the scenes, and while he travels. And they vouch for his innocence amid recent allegations, among them the 38-year-old Gaetz showed picture of nude women to fellow House Republicans while on the chamber floor. 

The New York Times reported earlier this month that the Justice Department is under investigation the possible sex trafficking while Gaetz was in the relationship with a 17-year-old. The concern is part is purportedly whether he paid for a minor's travel across state lines.

Gaetz has denied all of the allegations, saying they're part of a blackmail scheme.

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